Humor

“You are so funny!” It always surprises me when someone says that; I can’t be funny on command, but I definitely have a sense of humor and am in tune with the ridiculous. Physical comedy – slapstick – makes my skin crawl, but puns delight me. My son was amused (and appalled) that I knew Read More …

Cowgirls Don’t Scare Off Easy!

“How would you create a country chic, western themed corner in your house?” My lack of interior decorating talent is legendary, and “western themed” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Then I learned about the western decor project from Kristin of King Ranch Saddle Shop. She followed up a week later, asking if Read More …

Hike WHO? Oh, Haiku!

It’s a wonder the Japanese haven’t squished us with the giant flyswatter of disdain for grossly oversimplifying haiku. “Oh, it’s easy! Just three lines. First line’s got five syllables, next has seven, last one’s got five. See? Anyone can write haiku.” Cultural appropriation at its worst, if you ask me. Rarely is it mentioned to Read More …

5 Tips on How to be Funny When you’re not Funny

When it comes down to it, comedy is all about relating to one another. It’s about the human connection, however frail or thin. Where language and race diversify us, we have laughter in common. Now writing comedy is one of the hardest things someone can do, but hopefully through these 5 tips I can help Read More …

Reverse Search: For Everything (and Everyone) You’d Rather Lose

Facebook, this morning, decided that I should search for Donald Trump, based on the posts I’d interacted with. Once I got past the visual of me batting around a Facebook post like a cat bats around a mouse, two things occurred to me: First, this is the problem with companies assuming they know you so Read More …

Eradicating Edna

Eradicating Edna is an unfinished novel dedicated to all whose “inner critic” is a bitch.   Prologue Just so no one mistakes the Book Description for the book itself! The chapters are waaaaaay down there. I seriously thought about quitting. Then I recaptured the true spirit of NaNoWriMo. I remembered what it was all about: Read More …

Weight Off My Mind

Friday nights are “date nights” and “splurge nights” and, in the immortal words sung by Edith Piaf:   And splurge, I did. The Lamb Churrasco with two Sazerac cocktails, fried calamari and other assorted appetizers and tidbits, and half the Tres Leches dessert turned out to be about two days’ worth of calories. Then there Read More …

Let Go of the Dots!

Ellipsis Abuse “Hi, I’m Holly. I’m a writer, and I have an unhealthy addiction to ellipses.” I see a number of familiar faces in the audience, and I’m inspired to be a more decisive writer, a better leader. I pull a handful of dithering dots from my pocket, careful to hang onto the few loner-types willing Read More …

One Weird Trick to Stop Smoking Now

I know you’re out there. You, with the shiny New Year’s resolutions and nicotine stained fingers. And now you’re desperately pleading with Google to find you an easy way out – kind of like us writers, buying “how to write” books in order to feel productive when, in fact, we’d rather pick lint from the Read More …